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Published on October 5th, 2011 | by Jeannie Moulton


Behold! Super Broccoli

Just in time for non-GMO month, a new non-genetically modified superbroccoli is now available for sale in the UK.

Superbroccoli looks and tastes like normal broccoli, but it has more of the nutrient glucoraphanin, which possibly helps protect the body against cancer and heart disease.

Glucoraphanin may help prevent cancer

Glucoraphanin is a phytochemical found is crunchy green vegetables. In the 1980s, wild broccoli was found to have elevated levels of this phytochemical. The new broccoli is a hybrid of conventional broccoli and this wild broccoli.

Once in the body, glucoraphanin is broken down into sulphoraphane. Sulphoraphane has been shown to reduce chronic inflammation and also to stop uncontrolled cell division in cancer.

However, some people lack the gene to get this cancer protection from normal levels of glucoraphanin. It is believed that the amounts found in superbroccoli will help extend this protection to all people.

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons by wanko

Source: Yahoo andBBC News

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I spent the last five years earning my PhD in Engineering. I enjoy all types of science and writing, so I am trying out a new career path in science publication and communication. Recently, I have moved to Oxford, England. As an environmentally-conscious person, Oxford is a great place to live...notably there is no car required. I love to talk about vegan cooking, plant-based diets and the benefits of such, so just ask if you are interested. I do ballet for fun and love kitties.

3 Responses to Behold! Super Broccoli

  1. Wow. It’s hard enough to get kids to eat broccoli- but superbroccoli? I imagine that would be impossible!

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